abandon abandon  /ə ˈbæn dən/


  1. (v) give up with the intent of never claiming again
  2. (v) forsake, leave behind
  3. (v) leave behind empty; move out of
  4. (v) leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
  5. (n) the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
  6. (n) a feeling of extreme emotional intensity
  7. (v) stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims


  1. Long seen as a committed atheist, four years ago the best-selling author drove a stake through the hearts of her followers when she vowed to abandon her sinister stories and instead write only of the Lord.
  2. Michael Foale was a newcomer aboard the Space Station Mir last June when he got the order to prepare to abandon ship.
  3. He would go on to give us a few great things, and a few near great things, but eventually he would abandon himself, as every tabloid reader knows, to suet and sulks, self-loathing and self-parody.


  1. Assault charges against ex-McDonnell aide dropped

    Prosecutors abandon case after Eric Finkbeiner and ex-girlfriend refuse to testify.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Washington Post

  2. Dish to Abandon Unsolicited Bid to Acquire Sprint Nextel

    Dish will also redeem senior notes maturing in 2017 and 2023 as a result of abandoning the transaction, the Englewood, Colorado-based company said today in a statement.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  3. Your Voice: Should S.C. abandon Common Core standards?

    A growing effort by some state legislators to abandon a set of education standards known as Common Core, fueled in part by tea party opposition to those standards across the nation, is misguided and seems to also be driven partially by a false hysteria th
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Greenville News


  1. "The president would have us believe there are two choices: keep all of our troops in Iraq or abandon these Iraqis," Obama said. "I reject this choice."
    on Sep 12, 2007 By: Barack Obama Source: Forbes

  2. "I don't want to disillusion anybody and residents of the south will go through difficult days," Barak said. "We do not seek war but we will not abandon our citizens to the ongoing Hamas attacks."
    on Jan 3, 2009 By: Ehud Barak Source: USA Today

  3. "One the other hand, she now opposes it -- sort of. On the one hand, she wants a firm deadline for retreat, but on the other hand, she says we cannot abandon the nation to Iran's designs," McCain said.
    on Oct 3, 2007 By: John McCain Source: ABC News

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